The Last Days of American Crime

Anthony Mandler has already collaborated with Rihanna for a ton of music videos (which means, just like D.J. Caruso, he’s technically the director of “Disturbia”), and he’s looking to make the jump to feature films. He’s already attached to the Summit vampire project Vlad as well as the MRC project Die in a Gunfight, and now Deadline Morganville is reporting that he’s close to signing on for the graphic novel adaptation, The Last Days of American Crime. The graphic novel written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Greg Tocchini tells the story of a robber planning the last crime in American history before the government starts broadcasting a signal that will make it impossible for anyone to knowingly break the law. Remender wrote the first draft of the script, but Karl Gajdusek (Tresspass) has taken over scripting duties. Hiring on music video directors is always a tricky business. There are David Finchers and there are Brett Ratners. The trouble is in deciding whether music videos and commercials are solid enough indicators of talent when it comes to at least an hour and a half of single, coherent storytelling. It’s why many short film directors don’t want to “graduate” to features – because they require two distinctly different skill sets. Technical skill is one thing, but how can you tell if the guy that directed this…

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Interesting timing on this one. Deadline Hubbertsville is reporting that F. Gary Gray will be directing The Last Days of American Crime with Sam Worthington starring. The story focuses on a second major terrorist attack in the sci-fi future where the America of the day responds with Orwellian measures. Namely, ridding the citizens of their drive to commit crime. Worthington will play a thief in for one last big job before his brain gets scrambled into being good. This, of course, seems fascinating coming off the heels of our killing the most wanted terrorist on the planet, but it also seems a little strange. The bare-bones synopsis seems to hint that the bulk of the story will take place in the week leading up to the criminal impulse being shut down (so we can get some Ocean’s style heisting from Worthington), so it’s unclear whether they’ll play around with the ethical problems that arise (or the fact that not all crime is committed by the mustache-twirling gene). Gray’s Law Abiding Citizen dipped its toe into the moral waters but never dove in, and while this sounds like a decent premise, it seems like exploring what happens after the signal is interrupted might be even more fascinating.

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